As one of the early adopter's of Audible, I've listened to a lot of books. I'm at ~500 now, and I don't think I've ever bothered to write a review. In that context, I think that this series of 2 books is the best I've heard. The basic story was imaginative. The creation of a world that could exist on the border of both reality and virtual reality was very clever, and the narration was absolutely top-notch. When the narrator voiced the different characters, you could easily see them in your mind's eye.
I'm on an Audible "Free Roll". Subscription courtesy of Amazon Prime. The service has been good so far - Eases the pain of the commute :)
Probably not, just because I got it the first time, and to be honest, the book grew gradually disappointing towards the end. I don't want to go through that again. The narration was good, but the voice acting was poor. I did purchase the sequel however... I'll give that a listen.
Brian Graag's Techno Party.
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Being a techie myself, I found some inconsistencies in some of the technologies involved, however I'll refrain from specific examples and leave you to come to those conclusions on your own. Allow yourself to enjoy the novel (more) by letting our guard down a bit and allow yourself to fall into a non-fictional thriller. I think Suarez did a relatively good job of capturing existing and emerging technologies ESPECIALLY consider that this novel was actually penned in 2006 and I am writing this review after listening to this novel in 2012. It's true that the branches of the technology tree has taken some different paths from what one could reasonably predict back in 2006, however, amazing are the paths that actually are accurate - 6 years is a complete life cycle for some technologies. An example of a technology used in the novel that will be finding it's way to the residential/commercial space are many of the aural (both sub frequency and positional) technologies used. My criticisms in this novel falls not on the technologies involved, but perhaps more on the development of the plot, and cliched human relationships and characters. I also found the end of the book rushed a bit.
Disturbingly plausible plot.
From the first incident in Daemon to the final wrap-up in Freedom, this story is exciting and thought provoking.
Can't believe it. A great performance is ruined by a endless story. Every body dies. That includes everybody. Even in "Freedom". No closure in either book. I'll bet we'll see the sequel to the sequel.
The storyline is great- and should give everyone something to think about. This is not just a techie-geek story; its a look at the future of society.
Pete Sebek of course
Didn't really think about it-- with regards to audio books, you don't really think about who's talking- just if you can tolerate their reading of your favorite book. Jeff was able to do this.
read the book, now have the audio to listen to while commuting.
Even more rare when I leave a review, however this book has really caught me wanting the next book like I've very rarely experienced.
A very realistic possibility even with today's technology really lets you become emerged into this book and characters quickly.
I would HIGHLY Recommend this and the second book to anyone looking for a good read, scifi or not!
In this highly suspenseful story, the author takes you back and forth between a computer game and a real life parallel. I was struck by the similarity to the non-fiction work by Sheldon S. Wolin, Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of totalitarianism.
The writing is fast paced (always good in this genre) and the dialog is great. The story line is interesting and I was able to suspend belief in reality up until the last few chapters when the author completely lost me.
Bullet bikes as assassination machines was just too much.
I really didn't expect something so thought provoking in this book, but this is really the author's look at injustice in a corrupt country and one way to correct it (in a pretty gratifying, justice is served, kind of way). I liked it and Freedom, inc also!!
Slow but creative build-up to a disappointing, abrupt ending. Be prepared to purchase the sequel. I did enjoy the journey into the computer realm and into the minds of each character. The author did a great job crafting the story, making it real and plausible. I thought the narrator did a fantastic job. There is a fairly vulgar chapter early on that some females may not enjoy.